Like the earth, a sandwich is made of layers and gathers its strength from its meaty core, which pushes condiments toward the crust to erupt and bury fingers in deliciousness. Let rivers of mayo magma run with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of deli fare at Center Stage Deli in Schenectady.
The theater-themed Center Stage Deli directs a scrumptious cast of homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches layered with heaping mounds of meat and cheese. A menu of more than 50 sandwiches lets lunchers solve hunger with a variety of edible answers, such as the hot turkey and gravy sandwich ($8.95), and the corned beef and pastrami sub with melted cheese, veggies, and coleslaw smothered in Russian dressing ($7.59–$9.50). Other handheld fare includes the southwestern burger, saddled with monterey jack and spurred toward the stomach on a path of salsa and sour cream. A list of made-from-scratch soups and salads reminds diners that utensils are more than just weapons for militant Mr. Coffees, with dishes such as the hearty bowl of chili ($4.99–$5.79) and the oriental grilled-chicken salad tossed with mixed greens, sliced chicken breast, mandarin oranges, and toasted almonds in an Asian dressing ($7.99).